Under 18 and need help?
The Revenge Porn Helpline is unable to support anyone under the age of 18 but we do try to provide as much information and signposting towards the services that can help.
As hard and embarrassing as it might be, we would encourage a young person to tell a trusted adult about what has happened. This might be a teacher, parent or trusted adult. You could also call or message Childline and speak to someone there.
Find more information below about why we can't help and most importantly, who can.
You're not alone and help is out there.
Creating explicit images of a child is illegal, even if the person doing it is a child. It is against the law in the UK for someone under the age of 18 to take an explicit photo or video of themselves or a friend.
In 2016, 'Outcome 21' was established to allow UK Police to manage 'sexting incidents' without any formal criminal prosection is this is done between young people of the same age and within a healthy relationship.
It is against the law in the UK to share (and threaten to share) an explicit image or video of a child, even if it’s shared between children of the same age. It Is also against the law for someone to possess, download or store an explicit image or video of a child, even if the child gave their permission for it to be created. This law was created to protect children, not to get you in trouble.
It would be against the law for a Revenge Porn Helpline practitioner to view or search for any explicit images of under 18s. It is not within our specialist remit to search or remove this kind of illegal content. It is also important that you do not look for or share the content any further.
The IWF work internationally to make the internet safer by removing images of child sexual abuse. If the images or videos you would like to report are of someone under the age of 18 the IWF can provide advice or you can report it here.
If you are concerned about a child and online sexual abuse or the way someone has been communicating with a child online, you should report this to CEOP. Make a report here.
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The Internet Watch Foundation (IWF)
The IWF help to remove images of child sexual abuse. If the images or videos are of someone under the age of 18 the IWF can provide advice or you can report on their website.
Child Exploitation and Online Protection command (CEOP)
CEOP can be used to report online sexual abuse of a child or concens about the way someone has been communicating with a child online. Make a report on their website.
Childline are open 24/7 to help and support children and young people anywhere in the UK. You can call them on 0800 111 or see their website for further help and advice and access to a 1-1 counsellor chat.
The Mix is a UK based charity that provides free, confidential support for young people under 25 via a helpline, webchat and also offer access to online counselling. Call on 0808 808 4994 open daily between 4-11pm.
Young Minds Text the YoungMinds Crisis Messenger, for free 24/7 support across the UK if you are under 18 and experiencing a mental health crisis. To access the Crisis Messenger, Text YM to 85258 or visit the website for more help and support.
YoungMinds Parents Helpline
Young Minds (Parents Helpline) The Parents Helpline is available to offer advice to parents and carers worried about a child or young person under 25. You can call the parents helpline on 0808 802 5544.